THE IMPORTANCE OF SLEEP
Sleep and Metabolic Disorders
In a recently published study led by Sister Study investigators Symielle Gaston and Chandra Jackson, women who averaged less than 7 hours of sleep per night and who had difficulty falling or staying asleep were more likely to have metabolic disorders like high blood pressure and obesity. These associations were usually stronger in premenopausal women than postmenopausal women. Because sleep and metabolic disorders were measured at the same time, we could not assess which occurred first. However, this work helps us to understand the biological relationship between sleep and metabolic disorders and to identify possible approaches to prevent metabolic disorders in women. As always, please consult your health care provider to tailor these findings individually.